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Plains Edition USDA Information for 8-21-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 15, 2010

High heat and humid conditions covered the state aiding in the maturity of crops, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Irrigation was active as soil moisture levels fell with little rainfall. Ground that will be sown to wheat was being prepared in the Panhandle. Hay harvest advanced with the dry conditions. Livestock in confined areas were stressed due to the heat and high humidity.

Temperatures for the week averaged 2 degrees above normal with highs that reached over 100 and lows in the low 50’s. Most of the rain fall in the state happened during the first part of the week. The Southeast and East Central Districts were the driest regions. All other areas in the state received some precipitation, generally half to three quarters of one inch with some isolated locations receiving over an inch.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 11 fair, 57 good, and 26 excellent, above year ago. Irrigated fields were 85 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 82. Corn in the dough stage was 80 percent, ahead of 62 last year and 72 average. Corn in the dent stage was 32 percent, well ahead of 11 percent last year and 24 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 15 fair, 55 good, and 24 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage setting pods was 92 percent, ahead of 86 last year and average.

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Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 17 fair, 67 good, and 14 excellent, near last year. Sorghum headed was 91 percent, well ahead of last year’s 71 and 78 average. Sorghum turning color was 11 percent, ahead of last year’s 3 and 7 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 16 fair, 70 good, and 9 excellent. Acreage setting pods was 84 percent, ahead of 78 last year and 82 average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 64 good, and 17 excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa was 69 percent

complete, ahead of 55 last year and 60 average.

Wild hay conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 9 fair, 70 good, and 19 excellent. Wild hay harvested was 91 percent complete.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 9 fair, 72 good, and 16 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 95 max, 48 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 99 max, 52 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 96 max, 52 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 100 max, 53 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 72% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 83% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.44 – 121% of normal.

NC: .0.69 – 145% of normal.

CEN: 0.35 – 137% of normal.

SW: 0.41 – 127% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 69% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 80% Corn dough, 32% Corn dent, 84% Dry beans setting pods, 91% Sorghum headed, 92% Soybeans setting pods, 91% Wild hay harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 15, 2010

High heat and humid conditions covered the state aiding in the maturity of crops, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Irrigation was active as soil moisture levels fell with little rainfall. Ground that will be sown to wheat was being prepared in the Panhandle. Hay harvest advanced with the dry conditions. Livestock in confined areas were stressed due to the heat and high humidity.

Temperatures for the week averaged 2 degrees above normal with highs that reached over 100 and lows in the low 50’s. Most of the rain fall in the state happened during the first part of the week. The Southeast and East Central Districts were the driest regions. All other areas in the state received some precipitation, generally half to three quarters of one inch with some isolated locations receiving over an inch.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 11 fair, 57 good, and 26 excellent, above year ago. Irrigated fields were 85 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 82. Corn in the dough stage was 80 percent, ahead of 62 last year and 72 average. Corn in the dent stage was 32 percent, well ahead of 11 percent last year and 24 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 15 fair, 55 good, and 24 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage setting pods was 92 percent, ahead of 86 last year and average.

Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 17 fair, 67 good, and 14 excellent, near last year. Sorghum headed was 91 percent, well ahead of last year’s 71 and 78 average. Sorghum turning color was 11 percent, ahead of last year’s 3 and 7 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 16 fair, 70 good, and 9 excellent. Acreage setting pods was 84 percent, ahead of 78 last year and 82 average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 64 good, and 17 excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa was 69 percent

complete, ahead of 55 last year and 60 average.

Wild hay conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 9 fair, 70 good, and 19 excellent. Wild hay harvested was 91 percent complete.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 9 fair, 72 good, and 16 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 95 max, 48 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 99 max, 52 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 96 max, 52 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 100 max, 53 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 72% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 83% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.44 – 121% of normal.

NC: .0.69 – 145% of normal.

CEN: 0.35 – 137% of normal.

SW: 0.41 – 127% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 69% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 80% Corn dough, 32% Corn dent, 84% Dry beans setting pods, 91% Sorghum headed, 92% Soybeans setting pods, 91% Wild hay harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 15, 2010

High heat and humid conditions covered the state aiding in the maturity of crops, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Irrigation was active as soil moisture levels fell with little rainfall. Ground that will be sown to wheat was being prepared in the Panhandle. Hay harvest advanced with the dry conditions. Livestock in confined areas were stressed due to the heat and high humidity.

Temperatures for the week averaged 2 degrees above normal with highs that reached over 100 and lows in the low 50’s. Most of the rain fall in the state happened during the first part of the week. The Southeast and East Central Districts were the driest regions. All other areas in the state received some precipitation, generally half to three quarters of one inch with some isolated locations receiving over an inch.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 11 fair, 57 good, and 26 excellent, above year ago. Irrigated fields were 85 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 82. Corn in the dough stage was 80 percent, ahead of 62 last year and 72 average. Corn in the dent stage was 32 percent, well ahead of 11 percent last year and 24 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 15 fair, 55 good, and 24 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage setting pods was 92 percent, ahead of 86 last year and average.

Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 17 fair, 67 good, and 14 excellent, near last year. Sorghum headed was 91 percent, well ahead of last year’s 71 and 78 average. Sorghum turning color was 11 percent, ahead of last year’s 3 and 7 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 16 fair, 70 good, and 9 excellent. Acreage setting pods was 84 percent, ahead of 78 last year and 82 average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 64 good, and 17 excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa was 69 percent

complete, ahead of 55 last year and 60 average.

Wild hay conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 9 fair, 70 good, and 19 excellent. Wild hay harvested was 91 percent complete.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 9 fair, 72 good, and 16 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 95 max, 48 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 99 max, 52 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 96 max, 52 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 100 max, 53 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 72% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 83% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.44 – 121% of normal.

NC: .0.69 – 145% of normal.

CEN: 0.35 – 137% of normal.

SW: 0.41 – 127% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 69% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 80% Corn dough, 32% Corn dent, 84% Dry beans setting pods, 91% Sorghum headed, 92% Soybeans setting pods, 91% Wild hay harvested.